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This Tech Professor (Currently Recovering From the Virus) is Very Critical of Coronavirus Apps – and Not Just for Privacy Concerns)

De Volkskrant

17 Apr 2020

Lokke Moerel spoke to the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant about her concerns with coronavirus apps, discussing data privacy issues as well as the potential for these apps to have inaccuracies that could ineffectively influence the behavior of people, companies, and institutions.

“Singapore…has returned to lockdown despite using one of these tracing apps,” Lokke said. “Every app has a threshold value. In Singapore, the app examines whether you have been within two meters of someone with coronavirus in the past 30 minutes. If so, you receive a signal that you are possibly infected as well.”

She adds that the app “won’t raise an alarm” if you’re in close proximity to someone who is infected but you haven’t been in contact for the full 30 minute time threshold, and also mentions that the Bluetooth technology behind the app works through glass and even some walls, which “means the app can give me a signal, even though my neighbor…from behind a window never had the opportunity to infect me.”

Read the full article, translated from the original Dutch version.



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